MLS playoffs: Philadelphia stun New York with 123rd-minute wonder strike

Jakob Glesnes scored late in extra time and the second-seeded Philadelphia Union outlasted the seventh-seeded New York Red Bulls 1-0 in round one of the MLS Cup playoffs on Saturday in Chester, ペンシルベニア.

In an expected low-scoring, tight affair between two of the Eastern Conference’s best defensive teams, it looked as if the match was headed to penalties.

But when the Red Bulls were unable to clear the ball, it chested off Glesnes, who positioned himself just outside the top of the box and curled his shot high past leaping keeper Carlos Coronel and into the corner of the net in the 123rd minute of the contest.

It was no surprise that scoring was at a premium in this contest. New York’s 33 goals conceded during the regular season tied for fewest in MLS. Philadelphia, その間, allowed just 35. The Union and Red Bulls met three times during the regular season, with five total goals scored.

New York had a pair of strong back-to-back chances early in extra time – both from Patryk Klimala.

Alone from the right side, Klimala missed wide left in the 94th minute. Seconds later, his follow-up strike was stopped by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake – New York’ first shot on target of the match.

Sergio Santos nearly gave Philadelphia the lead early in the second-half of extra time when his well-timed, point-blank strike was abruptly stopped by Coronel. Shortly after, New York’s Kyle Duncan nicked the far post on his shot.

These sides combined for 17 shots during regular time, with the Union recording the only one on target. だが, it was a golden chance from Alvas Powell, whose point-blank strike was saved by Coronel in the first half.

Philadelphia stepped up the pressure about halfway through the second half. In the 82nd minute, Santos got in close and set up teammate Kacper Przybylko for a glorious chance, but the Union’s leading scorer sent the ball well high over the net.

A streaking Santos had a side chance of his own in the waning seconds of regular time, but his strike landed into the hands of a standing Coronel.

Philadelphia move on to the semi-finals against the winner of Tuesday’s match between No 3 seed Nashville SC and No 6 Orlando City SC.

Sporting Kansas City got goals from three unlikely scorers, including the first career postseason goal by 13-year veteran Graham Zusi, as they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs on Saturday afternoon.

All three goals were the first postseason goals of the goal-scorer’s career.

Sporting KC will face the winner of Tuesday’s Seattle v Real Salt Lake match on 28 11月. The match will be at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City or in Seattle.

Zusi fired one over the outstretched arm of leaping Vancouver keeper Maxime Crepeau from about 30 yards out in the 58th minute, giving Sporting a 3-1 lead. Zusi started his 19th career postseason match, almost double the entire Vancouver roster (10), but he’d never found the back of the net in those matches.

Vancouver appeared to cut into the lead in the 86th minute, but Bruno Gaspar was ruled offside. Gaspar then drew a yellow card for kicking the ball into the stands.

Sporting KC saw a season-long trend continue. The club was 17-0-0 when they scored at least two goals, but they were 0-10-7 when they didn’t.

Khiry Shelton put Sporting on the scoreboard with a beautiful cross-footed shot in the 17th minute. The play was set up by a steal in the defensive end by Zusi. He fed it to Daniel Salloi on the left flank racing forward. Salloi crossed it to Zusi just outside the box near the right end line. Zusi sent it to Shelton in front of the six-yard box.

Vancouver tied it in the 39th minute on a penalty kick by Cristian Dajome. The penalty was awarded after a VAR review ruled that Luis Martins committed a hand ball in the box.

But Sporting responded in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. Defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin deflected a loose ball in front of the net with his knee after a scramble off a corner kick. It was Isimat-Mirin’s first goal for Sporting in all competitions.




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